Hundreds of women protest in Pul-e-Khumri against suspension of Joya
Demonstrators demanded the immediate reinstatement of Joya
Defense Committee for Malalai Joya, May 29, 2007
Hundreds of women and girls staged protest rally in Pul-e-Khumri city of Baghlan province in north of Afghanistan. They voiced their support to Malalai Joya. Demonstrators demanded the immediate reinstatement of Joya who was ousted on may 21.
Reporting the demonstration Pajhwok Afghan News wrote on May 29:
"Carrying banners, placards and portraits of the parliamentarian, the protestors marched through Pul-e-Khumri streets before handing over a resolution to UNAMAs local office. "We, the women, are vehemently opposed to attempts at suppressing the freedom of expression," the resolution said.
A burqa-clad protestor, who did not want to be named, told Pajhwok Afghan News the comments based on hard facts did not warrant the suspension of the female legislators membership. Joya was justified in exercising her right to the freedom of expression in line with the Constitution, she insisted.
Similar pro-Joya rallies have been held in other Afghan cities as well earlier in the month, with participants and speakers denouncing her suspension as an unwarranted measure."
The protest rally of Pul-e-Khumri was also covered by Ariana TV, Radio Azadi and some other Afghan media.